Tomorrow is a Remicade Infusion day for my oldest daughter, which means packing up and driving out to the childrens hospital not long after we wake up. Her infusions last at least 3 hours long (sometimes much longer), and I never take a book. Why? OCD. I equate a hospital with germs, which means I bring the least amount of things so that the least amount of things are contaminated. It also means I avoid touching just about everything, and I sanitize my hands a zillion times. Not only am I on high alert for myself, but my daughter as well, as she has a compromised immune system. The hospital is a major trigger for my OCD, and a lot of my OCD trails back to that...germ infested place. But, I have been getting a lot better. I don't feel so full of anxiety while I am there (though I still avoid everything as much as I can). One thing I have decided to try and change is bringing a book with me. My books are precious, and probably one of my possessions that I would least like to have the possibility of becoming contaminated, especially since you cannot really fully sanitize a book. And by contaminated, I am going by my distorted OCD mind, where if I see my book, say, in the same eyeshot as an overflowing nasty garbage can...it is contaminated. Even though my eyes are aware that my book did not touch it, my mind says....WOAH! I saw that grossness, and my book was too close....contaminated!
So, tonight I am thinking about which book I want to start, which one I am willing to take with us to the childrens hospital tomorrow, the book that will be my introduction to this change that I can hopefully enact during our Remicade days. I have been having an urge to continue on in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. I read the first book a while back and loved it. I purchased all 4 books together, used on Amazon I believe, for a very inexpensive price. Maybe The Second Summer of the Sisterhood will be the book?
It is a little bit of a bigger book though, compared to paperbacks, which makes me a little nervous. Silly, I know, but I may pick a smaller paperback for this first trip. Smaller in my mind means I can keep it away from everything germy easier....if that is the case, I may opt for the second book in the Crochet Mystery series, Dead Men Don't Crochet. I read the first book in that series and thought it was super fun, probably mainly because the main character crochets and has a crochet circle at the bookstore...could it be more perfect? I own all of the books that are out in that series so far and need to start reading through them.
Now it is time for bed and choosing a book to start tonight before I fall asleep, one that I will be brave enough to bring with tomorrow and continue on reading while my oldest daughter lays in a hospital bed and watches some movies...